Deaths in Sport in 1979

  • Jan 22 Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • Feb 2 Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide
  • Feb 5 Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
  • Feb 9 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
  • Feb 21 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • Mar 17 Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
  • Mar 23 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • Apr 2 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • Apr 6 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
  • May 1 Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin, cricketer (2 Tests for WI), dies
  • May 31 Nigel Howard, cricketer (England captain 1951-52 tour of India), dies
  • Jun 4 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • Jun 9 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1884)
  • Jun 22 Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)
  • Jun 29 Ben Barnett, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)

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Jul 5 Elizabeth Ryan, tennis ace (won 19 Wimbledon titles), dies at 87

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  • Jul 7 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 9 Betty Evans Grayson, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 Janardhan Gnanoba Navle, cricketer (2 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 17 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American boxer/actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 S├índor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 2 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • Aug 9 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • Aug 23 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 31 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • Sep 12 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • Sep 18 Gene Kelly, sportscaster (Sportsreel), dies at 60
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete and actor (b. 1915)
  • Nov 14 Bill Farrimond, England cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests 1930-35), dies
  • Nov 18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, baseball player (b. 1901)
  • Dec 3 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic Gold 1928, 1932, 1936), dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies
  • Dec 21 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies